Here’s the news release from Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. …
“Chase's rehab process has come to a bit of a plateau. He has made some strides but not enough to take the field. He is headed out of town for a few days to be evaluated by a specialist that has helped athletes overcome his issue. We anticipate that this trip will allow him to build on what he has already done with Scott Sheridan in order to get over the hump. He wants more than anything to be on the field with his teammates and we believe that this is a step in that direction.”
Beerleaguer: It’s difficult not to consider this the beginning of the end for Chase Utley as we know him, or as we once knew him in 2007 and 2008. Realistically speaking, it all started to unravel last spring leading into a 46-game absense and a middling performance the rest of the season.
The old days of fielding a lineup of superstars are over. On April 5, the Phillies will have nobody in their lineup who will cause opposing managers to take pause. Pitching has been the team's identity for two seasons. Utley, alone, is a survivable injury, but when you add in Ryan Howard's situation ... it gets dicy. Howard has the power to singlehandedly win ballgames. Utley hasn't been that player for two years.
Be that as it may, the Phillies need to make a trade for help at second base, no matter how much they like Freddy Galvis. He's not the long-term answer.
And neither is Utley.